Tyson Fury accused of holding up Saudi tournament by Usyk's team with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder on board | The Sun

Tyson Fury accused of holding up Saudi tournament by Usyk's team with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder on board | The Sun

April 27, 2023

TYSON FURY is the only fighter holding up the potential four-man tournament from happening in December, claims Oleksandr Usyk’s manager.

Talks have been going on for weeks for Saudi Arabia to host a mega night of boxing that would shake-up the heavyweight division.

The landmark event would see Anthony Joshua battle Deontay Wilder before Fury and Usyk go one-on-one to unify the titles.

Both AJ and the Bronze Bomber have said they want to make it happen and have reportedly been easy to negotiate with.

However, Alex Krassyuk, who manages Usyk, says Fury’s “complex personality” has proven to be a major obstacle in the discussions.

Klismas told BT Sport Boxing: ““From my perspective and from my experience, AJ is not a very complicated person to deal with.


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“Deontay Wilder and Shelley Finkel are very reasonable people … we got in touch with him a couple of weeks ago for the first time in 10 years and we had quite a long conversation.

“I don't think it would be a big challenge for anyone to make a deal with him.”

He then added: “Oleksandr Usyk and his team are known to be the easiest people to deal with in the world of boxing.

“So there’s only one thing still pending and it’s a complex personality who goes back and forth, playing his games to try and squeeze as much money as possible. That was the reason why Usyk called him greedy belly!”

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Both Krassyuk and Joshua’s Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn have confirmed talks for the four-man tournament have taken place.

But the Gypsy King blasted them on Instagram: “I can confirm that these rumours are absolute bulls***.”

Fury has since been linked to a return to the ring against Andy Ruiz Jr on July 22, although no confirmation has yet been made.

Usyk, who is expected to face Daniel Dubois next, saw talks collapse to fight Fury on April 29.

Krassyuk added that he feels the Brit is making a huge mistake in not taking on the Ukrainian as he added that discussions with Dubois’ chief George Warren have started.

He added: “Yes he is the champion and yes he has the right to do things that he wants to do, but at the end of the day he is a professional boxer and his main assignment is to perform for the boxing fans.

“That's why I think that if this fight does not take place it would be one of the biggest mistakes Tyson Fury could make in his career.”

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